Day 10

Our Savior Is Betrayed

from the Because He Lives reading plan

Matthew 26:30-68, Luke 22:55-62, Isaiah 53:7

BY Rebecca Faires

The summer I was seventeen, I spent a few weeks house sitting for family friends. The house was beautiful, the owners had cable, and I got to have full independence so, let’s be honest, they were doing me the favor. I was working down the road at a country club in the esteemed dual position of waitress and lifeguard, and after work, sometimes the cool kids wanted to come hang at my house. I definitely did not have permission to bring lifeguards and bartenders back to the house, but I was intoxicated with the independence that only real estate can bring. When the homeowners returned, they found a picture frame upstairs that someone had accidentally broken, and every once in a while, I still feel a little prick of embarrassment due to my betrayal.

I had one job. But instead of doing it perfectly and responsibly, I did an okay job with a little betrayal along the way. I had watered the plants but failed to protect the house. We like to think that we are so close to getting it just right every time, but then some external factor seems to hold us back from pitching that perfect game. (If only I hadn’t been so young and naive! If only I’d had more time. If only I weren’t so tired.)

What if Judas felt the same way? He was so close to being a great disciple, but he missed the mark because the lure of silver proved too strong. When Judas joined the inner circle, he didn’t do it just so he could betray their leader.

Certainly the rest of the disciples intended to do a great job of following Jesus. Peter, James, and John wanted to stay awake and wait with Christ while He prayed in the garden. But then they grew tired, their eyes heavy, and every single one of them gave in to sleep.

If anyone could come close to showing us an example of perfect righteousness and devotion, surely it would have been Peter; he’s “the rock,” after all (Matthew 16:18). Peter strenuously insisted that he would never make the mistake of betraying Christ, but even his very best intentions were garbage by the time the rooster crowed. If even Peter betrayed Christ in His hour of need, where does that leave us?

Is it really just external hindrances holding us back, or is it possible that we don’t even understand how desperately we need the gospel? None of our righteousness—even our shiniest stuff—is sufficient. We all have Judas hearts, and even our best intentions are filthy rags. Our betrayals show us that, in big and small ways, our selfish interests are so strong we can’t resist those silver coins or those teenage lifeguards. We are all capable of deep betrayal.

When Judas arrives in the garden to betray Him, Jesus asks, “Friend,… why have you come?” (Matthew 26:50). And He asks us the same question: Why have we come? We come out of our desperate need for a Redeemer. We come with ash smeared on our faces.

Whether we feel like Judas or like Peter, we need Christ’s grace exactly the same. Even in our betrayals, Christ reaches out to His people with mercy. We are to come for this alone: Christ. We are to come for His perfect righteousness, leaning wholly upon Him, for He is the Messiah, the Son of God, and is now seated at the right hand of Power, and will come again in glory.

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48 thoughts on "Our Savior Is Betrayed"

  1. Amanda says:

    I believe if you look up the meaning of the name Peter, it means rock or stone. I believe this is what is being referred to in this devotion.

  2. Ana Love says:

    This verse: “ 61And the Lord turned and looked at Peter. And Peter remembered the saying of the Lord, how he had said to him, “Before the rooster crows today, you will deny me three times.””

    Ah. My heart aches reading it. Not only knowing the betrayal Jesus felt but knowing that I am peter. Getting caught in betrayal and realizing how badly I need Jesus. Today’s reading was heavy but I continue to thank God for sending his Son that even in distress follows through, shows up and never leaves.

  3. ME says:

    As I view Matthew 16, I do not see Peter as a “rock”. Jesus Christ is the foundation upon which the church is built. The confession that Peter made that Jesus was the Christ and this is the rock to which Jesus referred as being the foundation. The Old Testament calls the Lord as our Rock, our Fortress, our Strength. Psalms 18:31 “For who is God save the Lord? Or who is a rock save our God?” Peter isn’t the rock. My foundation would have already crumbled if that were the case. My foundation is in the solid rock of Jesus Christ.

  4. Michelle Smith says:

    Sitting here weeping over words that I’ve read time and time again only today they jump out at me and fill my soul to overflowing “Friend,” Jesus asked him, “why have you come?’ I’m asking myself that question now even after 35 years of knowing my Savior, “Why, why have I come?’ I’ve come because I need Him today as much as I needed Him them. I need His presence constantly in my life. I can’t and don’t want to “do” life without Him. So my simple, earnest answer is “I come because I need Him.”

    1. Ashley Karekaho says:

      I love this!!!!

    2. Phyllis Ampumuza says:


  5. Matt DianeVincent says:

    I am struck by how much today’s scripture readings are filled with Jesus either prophesying or testifying that some event was the fulfillment of prophecy. Yet the disciples respond by either running away, denying Him, or betraying Him. The religious leaders spit in His face and slap Him.
    My reaction to this is to realize that I am no better than they are. How often have I ignored the clear teaching of His Word. How often have I denied Him by living as if He never died for my sin. How I too need His forgiveness and grace!

  6. Matt DianeVincent says:

    I was really struck by how today’sfilled scripture was

  7. Keke Orozco says:

    And going a little farther he fell on his face and prayed, saying, “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.”

    Let this be my prayer when I am faced with the storm Lord.

  8. Shelby Storrie says:

    I’m not sure I’ve ever even put it together that Judas was not the only one to betray Christ that night. Even Peter, His Rock, betrayed him… several times. Yet Christ welcomed him back with open arms, giving him the task of loving His people when He was gone. Even when (not if) we betray God… He calls us back, loves us, equips us and sends us out to love His people.

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